Published on January 16, 2017

Reading Health To Open Dedicated Psychiatric Emergency Department

Reading Health will open its Psychiatric Emergency Department on Tuesday, January 17, in the Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical & Patient Care. The new designated Psychiatric Emergency Unit will offer specialized emergency care in Reading Hospital's Emergency Department.

Reading Health's Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) will offer high-quality, personalized emergency mental healthcare 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the new space. With 10 private treatment rooms, the Psychiatric Emergency Department will provide a safe and secure unit for patients in crisis. Reading Health sees an average of 485 behavioral health patients each month. Berks County Crisis Services interacted with 4,240 unduplicated individuals for a total of 13,020 contacts, many of which were also seen in the Reading Emergency Department.

Specialized psychiatric emergency departments have been proven to enhance care for psychiatric patients and to enhance care by providing services in a dedicated area away from the bustling Emergency Department.

The new unit will help Reading Health specialists more effectively and efficiently evaluate and treat emergency behavorial health patients in the level of inpatient or outpatient care they need. The new department also will enhance Reading Health's collaboration with community agencies to ensure continuity of care for patients.

Members of media are invited to speak with Reading Health physicians and Edward Michalik, Psy. D from Berks County Crisis Services to learn more.